- An IDF soldier said that Hamas violated the bodies of female soldiers after death
- Shari Mendes’ unit blesses the bodies of the dead before they are buried
- She said the aftermath of the October 7 incursion was ‘unimaginable in scale’
An IDF soldier has revealed that Hamas terrorists who attacked female Israeli soldiers left them with agonised looks on their faces after they died.
‘Our team commander saw several female soldiers who were shot in the crotch, intimate parts, vagina, or shot in the breast,’ said army reservist Shari Mendes, whose unit helped bless the bodies of people killed during Hamas’ October 7 incursion.
‘This seemed to be a systematic genital mutilation of a group of victims,’ the soldier, whose unit at the Shura Army Base prepares bodies for burial, said.
Mendes said at a UN event in New York on Monday titled ‘Hear Our Voices: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the October 7 Hamas terror attack’ that many bodies of female victims, both civilian and military, arrived ‘in bloody shredded rags or just in underwear.’
‘These women arrived with their eyes opened, their mouths in grimaces, their fists clenched,’ she added.
‘Our team commander saw several female soldiers who were shot in the crotch, intimate parts, vagina, or shot in the breast,’ said army reservist Shari Mendes
Mendes said that she and her unit are forced to make a decision to not show the families of dead soldiers their bodies, as Hamas’ mutilation of the bodies ‘was an objective in their murders’
‘The soldiers that we dealt with had expressions of agony on their faces still.
‘I remember one young woman whose arm was broken in so many places it was difficult for us to lay her arm in the burial shroud, her leg too.
‘In her case the entire left side of her body was shredded, torn apart, most likely by a grenade.’
Mendes said that she and her unit are forced to make a decision to not show the families of dead soldiers their bodies, as Hamas’ mutilation of the bodies ‘was an objective in their murders.’
‘Some were shot in the heads were bashed in so badly that their brains were spilling out.
‘Some were shot in the heads so many times at close range that their heads were almost blown off.’
Mendes said the scene that lay before her as she arrived at Shura Army Base a day after Hamas killed 1,200 people during its incursion was ‘unimaginable in scale.’
‘Body bags were piled to the ceiling, lining the corridors in every room. Refrigerator trucks were waiting outside, also full.
“Body bags just kept coming in all shapes and sizes. Many were oozing liquids and the floors were wet.
‘The smell of death was already unbearable. It is impossible to overemphasize the number of bodies we were dealing with, the sense of shock and despair.’
Hamas have also been accused of treating living hostages badly as well, with the US claiming that the terror group refused to release ten female hostages because they do not want them to reveal what they have been subjected to while being held captive.
State Department spokesperson Matt Miller said that this was the reason the week-long ceasefire, which came after Hamas agreed to release over 100 hostages over several days, ended.
The official said on Monday: ‘It seems that one of the reasons Hamas doesn’t want to turn women over that they’ve been holding hostage, and the reason this pause fell apart, is they don’t want those women to be able to talk about what happened to them during their time in custody.’